Baseball Falls in Doubleheader to Princeton, 9-4 and 5-3

Rosenblum-Larson tallied a career-best 10 strikeouts (Nick Pacino).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Concluding Lou Gehrig division play on Sunday afternoon at O'Donnell Field, Harvard baseball fell to Princeton in a pair of tightly-contested games, 9-4 and 5-3.

Sophomore Patrick Robinson and freshman Quinn Hoffman had a team-high two hits in the twin bill, while senior Drew Reid, junior John Fallon and freshman Jake Suddleson tallied two RBI apiece to lead the offense. The Crimson combined for 12 hits in the two outings.

Game One: Princeton 9, Harvard 4
Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson controlled the mound on the start for Harvard, fanning a career-high 10 batters over six innings, while allowing six hits and two earned runs. Junior John MacLean scored two runs, and six Crimson hitters recorded hits in the opening battle.

Following a double from Robinson in the first inning, Fallon teed off with a home run to left field to give Harvard a two-run lead. The jack was his first of the season, and the sixth of his career.

Princeton added one in the second, but Harvard responded with an RBI-single off the bat of Reid in the bottom of the frame to give Harvard a 3-1 lead. Princeton tied the score, 3-3, in the fourth after a two-run single.

An RBI-groundout by Reid pushed the Crimson ahead, 4-3, but the Tigers again tied the game in the fifth with a home run down the right field line. Princeton tacked on five runs in the fifth to take control, and Harvard could not rally in the seventh despite a double from senior Matt Hink.

Game Two: Princeton 5, Harvard 3
Six different Harvard hitters tallied hits in the second outing of the day, including a two-run home run by Suddleson and the second double of the day for Robinson. Sophomore Kevin Stone took the mound for Harvard, allowing six hits and three runs over eight innings pitched.

A single and subsequent stolen base by senior Josh Ellis put a runner in scoring position for the Crimson in the first inning, and he was immediately plated after a double down the line by Robinson. The lead stood until the fourth, when Princeton put two on the board with a double and sacrifice fly.

The Harvard defense was flawless in game two, turning a season-high four double plays, but Princeton struck again in the eighth and ninth with three runs to push the lead to 5-1.

Sophomore Patrick McColl drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, and Suddleson brought him home with a two-run blast far past the center field fence. The homer was his second-career shot, and cut the deficit to 5-3, but back-to-back outs closed the contest in favor of the Tigers.

Harvard travels to Boston College for a midweek game on Tuesday, April 11. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.